- CRITTER TALK
- NEWS I FIND INTERESTING
by Dr Mark Bear
The son, upon learning The New York Times was about to tell the world the truth about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, including a chain of emails that prompted that meeting, decided to finally tell the truth, or, at least his version of the truth, after several attempts.
The current occupant of our Oval Office praised his son for being “transparent,” however, details of the story – specifically as shared by the son himself – through the email chain associated with that meeting, tell a very different story. One would think then, that Pat Robertson would have questioned the occupant of our Oval Office in strident fashion, but nothing like that took place at all.
I understand not all of my regular readers share my faith, or spiritual beliefs, however I feel compelled to provide you the response I left Pat Robertson. A response, I might add, which disappeared shortly after I posted it to their site:
“Pat, you lost any credibility you may have had as a man who represents the gospel. Oh, don’t get me wrong: the current trope of Believers will stick with you and blindly agree with your latest interview, but there is a reason for this: Preachers like yourself have made members of churches across this land passive, dependent upon the “preacher’s doctrine,” versus “working out their own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). You have promoted a man who, in the past, has groped women’s private parts, as admitted to by his own lips. He has defrauded people from their hard earned dollars, always paying the people who worked for him, a tiny fraction of what was agreed upon. Surely, you have heard of the verse in I Timothy 5:18 which states: “The servant is worthy of his hire,” right? Surely, you have read the text where Jesus Himself tells His listeners in Matthew 5:28 “That whosoever looks on a woman to lust and wants to sin sexually with her, in his mind he has already committed adultery with her in his heart?” Or, do you only believe these verses apply to “those” people, Pat?
In other words, the guy sitting in front of you, proclaiming Russia would have been happier with Clinton – when our own intelligence community says, and has been saying since last December, otherwise – is lying! He lied to get into office and is lying now. What does our good Book say about liars, again Pat, in Revelation 21:8? “ALL liars shall have their place in Hell….” Or again, do you only apply that to folks who you do not agree with you, say like Bill Clinton? You see, Pat: I was attending your school when you were making such a big fuss over Bill Clinton lying over his supposedly “not having sexual relations with that woman,” and I had agreed with you then. Back then, I was somehow able to ignore your ignoring Newt Gingrich’s infidelity on his wife, leading to his stepping down as Speaker of the House. My problem now? You do not seem to care one iota how the current occupant of our Oval Office violates the very Word we not only believe in, but preach to others, in nearly every way possible, yet you still provide him a sanctuary allowing him to lie yet again.
Pat, let me just cut to the quick here: I have worked for 15 years as a Senior Minister in one of the most conservative denominations in our country; Southern Baptist, and not one single time have I preached politics. I simply stand aghast that you really have no issue promoting the current occupant on your show, as though there is no spiritual deficiency. And it is here again, that I take issue with you and 81% of White Evangelicals who made a “conscious decision” to pull the lever “for” this man, when you had two other alternative choices apart from Clinton. THAT is what I cannot comprehend here, Pat.
Ephesians 5:11 specifically states Pat: “Do not participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.” You? Well, you and folks like Kenneth Copeland, Robert Jeffress, Jim Baker or any of the slew of other “evangelical pastors” openly “promote” the guy. You made the argument – leading so many other younger believers to rationalize their decisions – that “we ought to prefer an openly sinning President.” Others even justified their voting for the current occupant by stating, “we are not electing a spiritual leader, but a President,” as though this alone justified his mocking a disabled reporter, his demoralizing a female anchor from a major media outlet, his advocating depriving our own citizens of their liberty through his promised “ban on Muslims,” or his mocking a Gold Star family, whose son sacrificed his life for our freedom. What does the very Bible say about this issue, Pat? In John 15:13, Jesus said these words: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” But not this time, huh? No! Because in the case of the Kahn family, the man is a Muslim, and so apparently this issue alone disqualified the man who died for his friends, or the family who loved him so much, the honor normally provided by evangelicals for military who die fighting for our nation. And honestly Pat, the list goes on ad infinitum.
Sadly though, your works from the past counter your current position. How do I KNOW? Because I witnessed your public statements about our former President, with my own eyes, Pat. You guys and the same crowd including Franklin Graham – had the temerity to question the former President’s “Christian” faith, when he exemplified precisely what our faith stands for. Don’t get me wrong: as with every other human being, he was imperfect, but at least he cared about the “least of these.” Ever take the time to read Matthew 25, Pat? Or, have you read it, and you no longer care what it says? Forgive me for asking such probing questions, Pat: But when I was becoming ordained as a Pastor I was told to “stick to the Word,” and “nothing else,” lest my ministry become imperiled.
I mean honestly Pat, how in the world can you explain to the Lord and Master you publicly profess belief in, while admonishing others to do the same, that you agree with the conservative’s argument on health care, especially given what the Bible states in Matthew 25:40, “If you have done it for the least of these, you have done it for me?” Let me be clear: The man you had on your show is the same man that advocates taking health care AWAY from over 32 MILLION people, as recorded in the CBO Report. Why do you provide the very man who is giving to the wealthiest in this land, while taking from the poorest, Pat, a platform without even questioning him on this matter? Yet, you wonder why it is people do not wish to be associated with the modern-day Church, calling those people an “abomination?” You cry out that YOUR religious freedom is being taken from you – as you did back when I attended your school – and for the life of me, Pat, I cannot see what you are referring to. I can attend the church of my choice on any given Sunday. I can pray in my home, should I wish to, with nobody stopping me. I can celebrate the holiday of Christmas in any manner I wish, and so can you or any other Believer in this nation do so, too! Your real issue Pat, is you want dominance! No, let me correct that last statement; you really do not ‘want’ dominance; you and the church leaders of our modern era, demand it.” Instead of leading lives which provide the fruit spoken of in Galatians 5:22-23, you want people who do not believe to simply agree with your understanding of biblical truth, while providing fruit which in no way aligns with the very gospel I spent 15 years preaching. And, what exactly is that fruit we should all exhibit? Paul tells us, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” But our nation was not founded upon a theocracy, nor were the Founders promoting a nationalized religion. From a governmental stance, this makes sense, because how in the world can one force another to “believe?” From a theological stance, it is clear that the God I have believed in all of these years, does not impose Himself on others. He allows humans to have free-will, and choose which actions or behavior we shall engage in. He in no wise forces people to believe in Him. It is a choice, and a personal choice at that.
Compare and contrast this fruit with some of the most hateful and vitriolic things stated by the current occupant of the Oval Office, or even many of the things said in the name of Christ by some of our Preachers, and one does not need to ask why it is people in no way wish to be associated with the very Church we promote. Lest you forget, Pat: the very man who you had on your network, the man who has a track record of refusing to tell the truth, we are told by evangelical leaders is a Christian. My only question: Where is the fruit? And, when you promote this guy, what has happened to your fruit? Remember the words of the very person you publicly state your belief in, while admonishing others to do the same, Jesus in Luke 6:43: “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit...”
When Believers behave in this manner Pat, we are nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We have “exchanged the truth for a lie.” The saddest part Pat? You are leading potential folks – who ‘might’ otherwise consider the possibility that God exists, or that He rewards “those who diligently seek Him,” from the very Word hundreds of thousands of other Pastors have preached, as well as myself – astray! You are leading the sheep to the slaughter, and yet, it appears you care little. But you – as well as every other evangelical leader – should feel something, because even Isaiah tells us in 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good, good evil.” And what are we to make of Jesus when He tells us, “Woe unto you who scatter the sheep?” He says, “It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and thrown into the sea” (Luke 17:2).
The truth of the matter Pat? We are dying, whether we realize it or not. It is a fact of life, Sir. We each begin our process of dying the very moment we are born. Failure to acknowledge this truth, especially for people such as yourself and myself – publicly professing belief in Christ – is foolish. Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes, “the day of death is better than the day of birth.” But what about the very gospel we represent? What about the modern-day Church? How shall it go on considering those who currently are part of it, having somehow found nearly every rationalization possible for supporting a man, who has engaged in the acts I described, and continues to do so today?
Remember Pat, the words of Jesus: On that day many will say to Me, Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, did we not heal the sick, did we not cast out demons?” And what does Jesus say, ‘Depart from me; I never knew you!'”
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